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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

It's about how we act with people, PERIOD.

In Ol’ Myrt’s 2014 post Building Community: Call to Action - what's missing? I wrote about honoring the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent. A funny thing happened when I begin to resize the graphic to share
periodically during each of our genealogy hangouts. This is what I started with:

As I did so, I realized that while I would be honoring the the UN General Assembly's resolution 68/237 of 23 December 2013, I was actually limiting the scope of my vision to POC. Shouldn't I extend this same respect to people from all walks of life?
"Thinking deeper, people wishing to overcome 'unintentional bias' must think through past actions and thought patterns to see where we must change how we think and act around others. This isn't about genealogy classes, it's about how we act with people, PERIOD." Source: DearMYRTLE's "Ferguson: Thoughts on Unintentional Bias" (19 Dec 2014).

What developed was this mission statement and graphic:

"DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to _all_ regardless of race, color, creed or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance."

While not diminishing the message spotlighting the UN's International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-20124, our mission statement expresses our effort to embrace all people whether young or old, people who live near and far, people from all walks of life.

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Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you'll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.